In true To Be Shelved style, I was drawn to this gem by it's cover. I remember being at the book fair (remember those? Best days of the school year.) and thinking the cover looked very adult and choosing it from the shelf, not really caring about the content inside.
Some things really never change.
Last night I read halfway through the story of Noah, Nadia, Ethan and Julian before falling asleep with the book open next to me on the bed. When I first read the story of The Souls, I remember being so surprised and excited with each new connection that emerged between them. Now, it's like walking an old path. You know what's coming up next but instead of being dull, it's satisfying to see it all play out like you're expecting.
Powell's also posted a gif today from You've Got Mail on their Tumblr and it was just the perfect thing to see when I was writing this post. The quote from it goes:
When you read a book as a child, it becomes part of your identity, in a way that no other reading in your life does.I think I'll finish the rest of the book today.
I'll always love Corduroy, Ramona, Paddington and Babar as well. What books are like this for you?